The situation in which the Blues find themselves as the much-higher seed dropping Game 1 of the playoffs on home ice isn't unfamiliar, even for the opponent that dealt them the defeat.
In the 2010 playoffs, top-seeded San Jose hosted the opener of its Western Conference quarterfinal series against No. 8 Colorado and lost 2-1. In fact, the Sharks would later trail the Avalanche 5-4 in the final minute of Game 2.
"You feel a little bit of pressure there," San Jose forward Ryane Clowe said. "You don't want to lose two at home."
San Jose didn't lose two.